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OHH Beginner's Guide

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By: kurt

A simple guide to help you along your way to posting your first project to the Open Hardware Hub.

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1. Create a new project

Click on the "Create new project" link in the column on the right.


2. Basic project information

A screen will then load up and ask you for the name and a description of your project. The name of your project should be brief but descriptive. It will be used to differentiate your project from other similar projects. Accurate names are preferred over creative names. For example, name your project "50W Class-D Amplifer for Home Theaters", not "Bass Master Extreme 5000".

Your project description should tell what your project does and a little bit about how it works. Do not go in to technical detail. The purpose of your project's description is to get people interested in reading about your project. Project descriptions should be about 200-300 characters long.


3. Add parts

Click the "Edit Parts" Link in the right column. This will load the Edit Parts page. Click "Add a new part" to be taken to a page where you can search for parts that are used in your project and add them to your project. The search box works with both part names and manufacturer's part numbers. The database we use contains the parts sold by Digi-Key, Mouser, Allied Electronics, and more.

You can also add custom parts that are not sold by these distributors (like other projects on Open Hardware Hub.)

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4. Part quantities and schematic ID's

Once you've found the parts you use in your project, you'll need to indicate the quantity used and the schematic ID's of your parts. The schematic ID's are the name of that part in your schematic.


5. Add steps

Click the "Edit Steps" Link in the right column. This will load the Edit Steps page where you can give step-by-step instructions on how to build your project. Each step consists of a step title, one or more images, and some text explaining that step.

You can add step images to each step after you have created them. In some browsers (Firefox and Chrome), this is as easy as dragging the image you want to add onto the "Choose File" button for the step you want to add the image to. The image will automatically start uploading.

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6. Add files

If there are any files that someone else would need to complete your project, then you will need to upload those. Click the "Edit Files" link in the right column. You should upload any source code, schematics, and board files here.


7. Preview

You can preview what your project will look like to other people by clicking the "Preview" button in the right column.


8. Publish

No one can see your project until you publish it. If you want to make changes to your project in the future, then you can create a new revision of your project. This new revision will not be visible to anyone else until you publish it as well. You can publish your project by clicking the "Publish" link in the right column.


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3 - added info about drag and drop for step images
2 - added guide video
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